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Bailey and Tom had an intimate tented wedding celebration on Bailey’s family farm in Stouffville. They wanted the wedding to reflect who they are; fun and casual, so the family farm was a perfect fit. The farm kept it rustic and elegant and together with the couple’s family and friends, they were able to do everything themselves. Not only did this save money, but left an impression of the couple, their style, and their life ambitions together.

Everything was scheduled on site which made the day relaxed and all about the party! Guests were invited to camp out on the property and a cozy seating area dotted around a campfire circle waiting in anticipation for marshmallow roasting. The couple’s fun touches were the “Dance Floor Rules Sign” as well as two of their favourite drinks as Signature Drinks. Bailey’s family collects classic cars, so they incorporated some of the cars into the décor as well as the pictures. Bailey’s mom and aunt did the planter arrangements, and Bailey’s family friend Patty Yake did the head table decor, dessert and gift table as well as the flowers for the arch. Another friend named Patti Skelton was a huge support for the family from beginning to end and was in charge of purchasing decor, and the runner for last minute errands on the wedding day. All in all, the couple had a huge support system that they can’t thank enough!

Bailey loves horses, so she wanted to arrive in a horse and carriage as a surprise to everyone except her mom. All décor and details were collected, donated, or bought by the wedding party and parents of the bride and groom. Hay bales were covered with burlap as ceremony seating, and a fake flower arch was the focal point for the ceremony. I had never seen a fake flower arch but I was impressed at how real it looked. It is a brilliant idea to prepare if you plan on doing your own flowers ahead of time! The bridesmaids and moms helped make all the guest favour home-made jams and the set-up of the reception was a full family effort. Overall, the decor was simple and elegant with a country rustic flair.

Bailey included a portion of her mom’s dress in her dress, as well as a picture of her dad on her bouquet as he had passed away – even though her stepdad walked her down the aisle, she still had a piece of both her mom and dad with her. Tom first met Bailey in Toronto, so his cuff-links were a map of the city (which also happened to show Stouffville, the location of the wedding).

You could feel the love on this gorgeous wedding day, understanding that family and friendship means the world to Bailey and Tom. The afternoon ceremony was tearful and heartfelt as the couple pronounced their affectionate vows to each other. There wasn’t a dry eye in the field.

I couldn’t be more honoured to be there to capture the day. Bailey and Tom; you have something truly special. I hope you remind yourselves everyday of the love, friendship and admiration you had for one another the moment you said “I will”.

All the best to you both!

xx – april

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“Our homemade jam favours, as the bridesmaids and moms made it together. It took an entire day of prepping the jars, making the actual jam, and tying on the burlap tops with the perfect bow.”


BAILEY: “After the ceremony was over, walking back up the aisle hand in hand with Tom to everyone clapping and cheering – it hit me that we were officially married and could now celebrate! Also the bridal party entrance to the reception – we all got to have a lot of fun with that and set the tone for the rest of the night. “

TOM: “First seeing Bailey as she arrived in the horse drawn carriage and walked down the aisle.”


“Our first dance was “10,000 Emerald Pools” by Borns. We both love this song and Borns, so the acoustic version of this song seemed like the perfect fit for our first dance. Also as sappy as it may sound, the lyrics capture the way we feel about each other – at the end of the day all we need is the other person.”



Bailey’s family farm in Stouffville


Leslie Sedore


Walla Music


Bob Hawkins


Lionel’s Farm


Affair Rentals


Stouffville Florist


Katie Assinck


Rhonda Cox


David’s Bridal


Project Elegance


Newman’s Menswear


Bill Levkoff


Bridesmaids: robe, champagne glass, embroidered maeup bag, Kate Spade Bracelet

Groomsmen: Cufflinks, bottle of liquor, tickets to Jays game


Debbie LeBuffe


John Leadbetter


Home-ade Jam














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Almost a year ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Maggie + Chris’ gorgeous family farm estate wedding and finally today I get to blog about it! Wedluxe has blogged about their stunning affair on yesterdays post and here it is: http://wedluxe.com/mag-chris/.


I too however would like to post a little about the adorning couple and their day. Maggie and Chris are a smooching love bird duo who for the most part of their engagement session couldn’t keep their hands or lips off of each other! 😡 They are both equally eye catching and Chris seems to be the calming effect on the energized Persian beauty, Maggie. Originally Maggie tells me that she wanted to get married in a castle in France. After researching and understanding that the logistics of the planning were too much, they settled for Chris’ family farm in Bowmanville, Ontario. He had expressed that the location held a lot of sentimental value to him. In fact, the isle that they eventually walked down was a tree-lined black walnut isle planted by his grandfather 60 years prior. The history and the love that the farm exuded became a perfect backdrop to such a picture perfect day.

Maggie was very involved in the planning process of her wedding and carefully hand-picked each element. She had many DIY projects under-go and successfully incorporated them into an elegant vintage soiree amongst nature. The couple had a custom-built pergola made on location which would be the focal point of the ceremony. It sat in front of the pond and was wrapped in old wine twigs and decorated with fresh greenery. Hanging in the centre was a stunning chandelier that the couple sat under for their Persian ceremony. The Persian table on the floor in front of the pergola is called a Sofreh-ye Aghd and its elaborate styling was breathtaking. Sweets, spices, herbs and fruit were perfectly styled, each representative of something to take on in the couple’s life together. A mirror sat facing the couple to one side of the pergola representative of the couples fate. Persian ceremonies are stunning and each and every word and object represents something special in their new life together. It is a binding moment as a couple two families unite.

The farm sits on 63 acres so finding space for the gorgeous square tent for the reception and space for cocktails was not an issue. The cocktail area sat just in front of the pond and behind a split rail fence under staggered trees adorned with chandeliers. These chandeliers were not just hanging in the trees but also lit! They were definitely one of the top features of the decor especially as it got dark and candles lit from below, and chandeliers lit up the under-bellies of the trees. Wine barrels were in place of high top tables and one of the barrels was signed by their guests which is now used as a side table in their home. It is a constant reminder of their gorgeous wedding day and everyone that shared it with them. It is a great alternative to creating a sign in book that likely will not be looked at very often.

Once guests were finished with cocktails, they were able to find their table number hanging on an old farm door. Maggie made little luggage tags that hung on vintage bronze keys with twine. The key to the guests tables were then fastened to the door. On each table inside the tent was also a table number. The table numbers were hand-made and assembled. They were mini doors made out of a slab of wood, door numbers, vintage keyhole and crystal mini door knobs. On each guests place seating sat 50ml maple syrup bottles that were homemade from the farm from maple trees on their own property! Maggie and Chris had envisioned bigger bottles of syrup until they got a dose of reality when making their own syrup and realized that 50ml will do. 🙂 The inside of the tent was fully draped in white fabric with cafe lights shining from underneath. Another 5 crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling.

Finally the cake sat on a vintage SWINGER sewing machine owned by the grooms grandmother.

All in all, the day was stunning, the weather was perfect and the guests had a magical time! Maggie and Chris you did such an amazing job sharing your esthetic, your love and your families traditions, hard work and love for each other. Thank you for having me document your wedding day!

xx- April


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CAKE: Love & Sugar Bakeshop


DRESS: Denniss Basso for Kleinfeld – from Kleinfeld in NYC

SHOES: Prada – bought from Holt Renfrew in Toronto


  • Monique Lhuillier belt
  • Bird cage from Kleinfeld
  • Jeweled Head piece from The Loved One in Toronto
  • Vintage Borrowed ring from Grooms great grandfather
  • Vintage borrowed watch from Brides great grandmother
  • Garter from Emily Riggs Bridal

FLOWERS: Elizabeth Munro Design

CEREMONY LOCATION: Family Farm in Bowmanville

RECEPTION LOCATION: Family Farm in Bowmanville

MUSIC: Bernadette Connors

HAIR/MAKEUP: Dylan Hanson

FAVOURS: Maple Syrup made at the family farm


ANY OTHER DETAILS: Mirror and Candelabra for Persian Ceremony from Import Temptations

CHAIRS: Chivari

RENTALS: Crystal Chandeliers by Crystal World

Tent draping, café lights and candles from J Company and Design



Bride’s favourite detail: “I loved most of my DIY’s. I would say my favourite detail if I had to chose was the table settings as a whole. I love my glass beaded charger plates, home made maple syrup favours, place cards, menus, flowers etc. all together. I also LOVED my cocktails in the trees with chandeliers.”


Bride’s favourite moment:

Can’t choose one. Top three:

  • Coming down the isle in a Horse & Carriage
  • Seeing the lit chandliers in the trees at night
  • Dancing the night away with friends

Couples first dance song: why?

I won’t give up – Jason Mraz.

This was our chosen song as the lyrics really resonate with our relationship. This song speaks to both of us not giving up on each other or our relationship and sticking through the good and the bad. We both feel that is what will help us succeed as a couple.




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